End a 14-year victory drought: GT Sport Daily Races, w/c 8th November 2021

End a 14-year victory drought: GT Sport Daily Races, w/c 8th November 2021

In October of this year, the #8 ARTA NSX-GT broke a winless streak for Honda at the Autopolis venue that reached back to 2007.

Tomoki Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi crossed the line first after jumping ahead of the Nakajima Racing Honda in the final pitstop phase of the race and this week in GT Sport, you too could take victory for Honda.

The online Daily Race menu for the week commencing 8th November 2021 includes the Super GT cars, Gr.2, and the Autopolis venue – the only discrepancy being the car itself. GT Sport only has the mid-engine 2016-spec Honda, whereas in the real world the car now has its engine in the front.

Let’s not let the details get in the way of a good time, however…

GT Sport Daily Races 8th November 2021

Race A this week follows the traditional route – a road car and a tight track. This time, the classic Tsukuba Circuit is the venue, and the car is the lithe Japanese rocket understeering, torque steering, Ford Focus ST. 

Make sure the wheels are straight before hitting the accelerator – I should know, I used to own one of these and unless you were dead certain the surface was dry and the asphalt smooth you were almost certainly heading for the nearest hedge. 

Ford Focus ST 2015 drift

The middle race this time around is at the slightly shorter version of our favourite GT Sport track – Autodrome Lago Maggiore, West. The Gr.4 cars and sticky tyres combine for a close battle where the straight-line speed of the VW Scirocco will hold you in good stead. 

It’s just five short laps and doesn’t feature any strategy, so a good qualifying lap time will be essential if a podium finish is a goal. 

Honda NSX Gr.4 kerb

Race C is the aforementioned Super GT-aping event, with 12 laps of the Autpolis track. Or, as the official name reads, AUTOPOLIS INTERNATIONAL RACING COURSE. I’M NOT SHOUTING, THAT’S JUST THE NAME.

The use of two different tyre compounds is required during this race, and that means a visit to the pits. Watch out, this must be one of the trickiest entrances on earth.

Honda NSX Super GT Gr.2 Autopolis

Full details of each race are below, and the playlist will next reset on Monday 15th November 2021. A reminder, Gran Turismo 7 is fast approaching – check out our analysis of the latest teaser trailer.

Race A 

Car: N300 – Ford Focus ST ’15
Track: Tsukuba Circuit
Laps: Six
No. Of Cars: 12 
Duration: 15 Minutes
Tyres: Sports Medium
Fuel Consumption: None 
Tyre Wear: None 
Start Type: Grid Start

Race B 

Car: Gr.4, any 
Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – West
Laps: Five
No. Of Cars: 16 
Duration: 15 Minutes
Tyres: Racing Medium
Fuel Consumption: None 
Tyre Wear: None 
Start Type: Rolling Start

Race C 

Car: Gr.2, any
Laps: 12
No. Of Cars: 20 
Duration: 25 Minutes 
Tyres: Racing Soft and Racing Medium, mandatory use of both
Fuel Consumption: 2x
Tyre Wear: 5x
Start Type: Rolling Start

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